Port Richey, Florida (via U.S. Coast Guard) - The Coast Guard rescued two Port Richey residents 24 miles west of New Port Richey at 10 a.m., Monday, September 26.
Search and rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg were notified Sunday at 7 p.m. by a concerned friend (download audio of initial call here) reporting his neighbor, a 64-year-old man and his 63-year-old girlfriend were overdue aboard a 22-foot fishing boat that departed for Double Hammock Creek at 10 a.m., Sunday. According to the reporting source, they were supposed to be back Sunday afternoon, but never returned.
The Coast Guard launched a 47-foot Motor Life boatcrew from Station Sand Key and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater at 11 p.m., Sunday. The rescue teams searched throughout the night, concentrating their search west of Anclote Key. Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Pasco County Fire Department and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission also assisted in the search.